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IPC GLOBAL ALERT: SOUTH SUDAN - FOOD SECURITY SITUATION CONTINUES TO BE HAMPERED AND DETERIORATING

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  • In September 2017, 6 million people were in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5), which corresponded to 56% of the total population.
  • From October to December 2017, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance (IPC phase 3 and above) is expected to drop to 4.8 million (45% of the total population). However, this figure includes a doubled number of people classified in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) compared to the same time last year, and 25,000 people still experiencing catastrophic conditions and extreme food gaps.  
  • By January-March 2018, it is estimated that 5.1 million people (48% of the total population) will continue to face acute food insecurity, with 20,000 people in Humanitarian Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). 
  • ​​Persistent insecurity and armed conflict have disrupted livelihood activities, affected market functionality and limited physical access to markets. In particular, the widespread conflict has brought nearly 2 million people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. The worsening economic crisis has resulted in high food prices, local currency devaluation and hyperinflation, which in turn eroded household purchasing power. In addition, an anticipated earlier-than-normal start of the lean season in many areas will further hamper people’s food security, impairing the very survival of the most vulnerable. 
  • ​​Acute malnutrition has worsened compared to the same period in 2016 and remains high in many parts of South Sudan. Renk, Upper Nile, Twic, Warrap  and the Greater Baggari area in Wau former counties have Extreme Critical levels of acute malnutrition while 31 counties in Lakes, NBeG, Unity, parts of Jonglei, WBeG and Eastern Equatoria, show Critical levels of acute malnutrition. The main contributing factors are the high levels food insecurity; widespread fighting, displacement; poor access to services; high morbidity; extremely poor diets; poor hygiene and sanitation. Levels of acute malnutrition are expected to improve marginally by December 2017 due to seasonal availability of local production, increased availability of fish and milk at the household level, and improved road access due to dry conditions.

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Country
Global South Sudan
Publication date
Nov 2017
Food Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF
The World Food Programme (WFP)unicefSICASave the ChildrenOxfamThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionIGAD